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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 12, 2014 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: reply to my query

As it became more common to have a bank of already tuned guitars ready to switch out, I wonder why our axemen didn't avail themselves of this ? I never heard it brought up . Maybe it was the comfort factor , liking a certain instrument etc.
I,m sure someone might have said to "fix" the bands problems would possibly "break" what was special about them . As Mike Love famously said to Brain Wilson , "DON'T FUCK WITH THE FORMULA !". I,m sorta in the middle on this I saw plenty of the big acts (Rolling Stones, Who etc.) and while I was impressed, had fun, 't just never felt as good as the mangey Grateful Dead, warts and all .
BUT, there were plenty of things they could have fixed that they didn't , some from inability, some from the fact that they could get away with it .The tuning breaks were not the worst aspects of unprofessionalism . I think the sloppy, crude rhythmic presentation of many songs (no boss, not enough rehearsals) was a real problem . Because I love what was good, and unique, about the band, their less than competent moments , I either shrug my shoulders, or laugh it off as "endearing". I don't turn my brain off , but I try to enjoy the music despite the flaws , because what they did do well was so wonderful .